Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone derived from cholesterol that is produced by the adrenal glands above the kidneys. DHEA is the most abundant steroid hormone in the body. It is the building block for making estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, and helps keep these hormones balanced and functioning properly.
Natural levels of DHEA usually peak during mid-adulthood and slowly decline with age. If your levels are low, a sustained released micronized form of DHEA can be prescribed to optimize levels, which will help the immune system to fight illness and improve physical performance.